Another reason was that I had been having a lot of pain in my wrists and thumbs and I think that as I was doing a lot of quilting with a double batting this exacerbated it. An xray and ultrasound showed that I had mild arthritis in my thumbs, some visits to a specialist hand therapist helped and also confirmed that the way I was quilting wasn't helping my arthritis.
It was a bit like a jig saw fitting the new machine in my work room, I moved my sewing machine table to a slightly different position which gave me a bit more floor space and allowed me to hide quite a few containers underneath it.
In the meantime there is a bit of a learning curve getting used to a slightly different way of quilting so I will be doing a bit of practise on panels and various other bits and pieces that I have lying around. I am getting quite a stack of quilts ready for quilting once I'm up to speed.
This cushion cover was one of my first quilting practise pieces, it was a Trapunto challenge from the monthly Handi Quilter group that I attend. Some of it was done using stitch regulation and some in manual mode, I enjoyed both modes.